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Fine Arts faculty Kira Nam Greene featured in The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today

National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today

April 30, 2022 – February 26, 2023

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce my painting, Kyung’s Gift in Pojagi (2019) will be shown in “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from April 30, 2022, before traveling to other cities in the United States. I would like to thank my dear friend Kyung Jeon for posing for me for this painting and the curators who have chosen this work to be included in this major exhibition. Please go and see the exhibition if you are in Washington, D.C. area until Feb. 26, 2023.

Kira Nam Greene, Kyung’s Gift in Pojagi, oil, gouache, colored pencil and acrylic ink on canvas, 50 x 40 inches, 2019

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition encourages artists living and working across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands to submit work that challenges traditional definitions of portraiture. The 42 finalists in this year’s edition were selected from more than 2,700 entries.

This year’s competition received entries in a variety of media, including painting, photography, assemblage, sculpture, performance and time-based media. The winning artworks not only reflect the evolving democratization of portraiture but also underscore the genre’s ability to tell once-hidden stories. Finalists represent 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Seven artists have been shortlisted for prizes. The winners and allotted prize amounts will be announced at the press preview April 29, 2022. Previous first-prize winners have been David Lenz (2006), Dave Woody (2009), Bo Gehring (2013), Amy Sherald (2016) and Hugo Crosthwaite (2019).

“The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition was founded to support the next wave of contemporary portraiture in the United States,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “The diversity of this edition’s entries, from geographic origin to subject matter and media, reflects both the multifaceted story of the United States today and the unique perspectives and lenses through which contemporary artists see that story. Produced in the past three years, it is no surprise that the art provides a powerful affirmation of the human experience focused on the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, demands for social justice, personal isolation, familial ties, community support, love and loss.”

Guest jurors for this competition are Kathleen Ash-Milby, curator of Native American art, Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Catherine Opie, artist, professor of photography and chair of the art department at the University of California, Los Angeles; Ebony G. Patterson, artist, Chicago and Kingston, Jamaica; and John Yau, poet, critic and professor of critical studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey. Members of the jury from the National Portrait Gallery include Taína Caragol, curator of painting and sculpture and Latinx art and history; Leslie Ureña, curator of photographs; and Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture and coordinating curator for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Caragol is the director of the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and is co-curating the exhibition “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today” with Ureña.

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is made possible by the Virginia Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Endowment, established by Virginia Outwin Boochever and continued by her children.